The Katsina State governor, Aminu Bello Masari, said violence and political thuggery were discouraging good people from joining politics and contributing toward the development of the country.
He said this at the weekend in Gombe when he paid a solidarity visit to Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, alongside Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State, on behalf of the Progressives Governors’ Forum (PGF), over the recent political skirmishes in the state.
“As political leaders we have the responsibility to protect the lives and property of the people, so, we shall not, under any circumstance, involve ourselves in promoting or supporting violence that will ultimately lead to injury or even deaths,” Masari said.
He appealed to political leaders, regardless of their party and interests, to demonstrate decorum, maturity and calmness in their political activities.
Responding, Governor Yahaya expressed gratitude to his colleagues for identifying with the government and people of the state, pledging to do his best to ensure that the people live in peace and harmony.
He stressed that the primary responsibility of every government was to provide security and safeguard lives and property, adding, “Once we fail in that, it means we fail in our duties, and at the end, our creator will judge us for all our misdeeds.”
The governor reiterated that the relative peace being enjoyed in the state was as a result of strategic planning, saying his administration shall continue to take all necessary steps to ensure that peace and tranquility continued to prevail.